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When you need a camera that can close to the action
Sometimes you just don't have time to wait. Your child is about to receive their championship trophy. You're stuck at the back of the crowd, and right now you need something to get you a great close-up of his face. And you certainly don't have time to mess with a tripod. No worries — the Nikon Coolpix L120 can get the job done. The 21X optical zoom makes the distance melt away, and your photo looks like you scored a front row seat. Its sensor-shift image stabilization keeps the shot steady. And if you want a picture of the crowd looking on, the wide-angle lens captures the whole scene with no problem.

Fast response, great portraits and HD video
To record a split-second scene like your child swinging a baseball bat or a friend jumping into the pool, you can snap up to 20 quick frames in continuous sports mode with the 'L120. Face detection lets you take true-to-life portraits of your favorite people. The camera focuses on the people in your frame and brings out realistic skin tones, compensating for background colors that might otherwise create a "washed-out" effect. And HD video recording lets you capture detailed movie clips when you want a different perspective.

    • 14.1-megapixel effective recording
    • 21X optical zoom (4X digital/84X total zoom)
    • high-resolution 3" LCD screen (921,000 dots)
    • wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups
    • 35mm equivalent focal length: 25-525mm
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    Special Features:
    • sensor-shift image stabilization with vibration reduction for blur-free photos
    • continuous sports mode for shooting up to 20 frames at 11 frames per second (at 3-megapixel photo resolution)
    • variable ISO (film speed equivalent) settings including a high sensitivity mode (ISO 6400) for low-light and flash-free shooting
    • face priority autofocus for better portraits
    • smile shutter and blink alert for capturing ideal expressions
    • in-camera automatic red-eye correction
    • D-Lighting mode brightens dark areas of recorded images
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • built-in flash
    • white balance compensation settings
    • 102MB internal memory
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
    • high-speed USB interface
    • 4-7/16"W x 3-1/16"H x 3-1/8"D
    • weight (with battery and media): 15.3 ounces
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    High-zoom cameras put you "right there"

    High-zoom cameras have powerful built-in lenses that get you close — really close — to your subject. Focus in on a hawk in the tree across the meadow, or zoom across the backyard for a candid close-up of your toddler's face. High-zoom cameras tend to be a bit bigger than the average point-and-shoot because of their larger lenses. These cameras also sometimes feature advanced controls for customizing your photos.

    Nikon Coolpix L120 Reviews

    Average Customer Review:

    24 Reviews

    Nikon L120

    Written by: Mirka from Wisconsin on April 9, 2012

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    I basically like the camera. However, it is difficult to take pictures in low light conditions. Also, the shutter release button sometimes sticks so that I cannot take a photo on the first or second try. Very frustrating!

    Pros: Light weight. Can choose different scene modes.

    Cons: Shutter release sticks.

    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: mythreesons from hawaii on April 9, 2012

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    Perfect camera for the price. I am just learning about picture taking and find that this is more than convenient before upgrading to a DSLR. I have 3 boys and are very active. I bought this to capture their sports events. This is a PERFECT camera for anything you want to do! I love it and my kids love it too.

    Pros: Easy to use

    Cons: Not really good for action pictures especially if you need to zoom closer to it. The pictures become grainy, fuzzy looking. Not a well low light camera

    Excellent Camera

    Written by: Richard from Hanmer, Ontario, Canada on April 4, 2012

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    Easy to handle and understand. Anxious to take pictures of wildlife back home in Caada. Excellent followup messages from the company.

    Pros: in my price range.

    Cons: prefer a viewfinder

    Finally A Camera I Love To Use

    Written by: Sarah's Nonna from Greenville, SC on April 2, 2012

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    After our last camera stopped working, over a year ago, I began using my cell phone camera because I could not find a camera that would do what I wanted it to do in the price range I was looking. Then BINGO...there it was...the Nikon L120. We have it just over a month and everyday I learn a new feature of this super camera. It's easy to handle, user friendly and can be mastered in no time at all. Next month we are heading to PA to see our new granddaughter and I will be taking home lots of beautiful professional-like pictures. The zoom and color quality is excellent. Sharp HD video. The Crutchfield Company is always a pleasure to deal with, this isn't our first rodeo with them. Haven' found any negatives thus far and don't expect to. Great find.

    Pros: Easy to learn/light weight/still pics and video in one camera/great zoom/can make black and white photos


    Great camera

    Written by: RLB from TN on March 30, 2012

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    We wanted a good quality point and shoot camera that my wife could use. Picture quality is very good. Zoom is excellent. Our first granddaughter is due soon so the camera will get a lot of work. Very pleased.

    Pros: High quality picture. Ease of use. HD video.

    Cons: Strap is too short.

    Love it!

    Written by: brunettebella from vista, ca on March 30, 2012

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    i had been looking for a better camera with more zoom and overall great pictures. this point and shoot camera is awesome. my husband says its too big, but i love it. i am very satisfied with my purchase and also glad i didnt wait as i now see that its no longer available. crutchfield was also great, they emailed me tracking info and even once it was delivered, perfect customer service. something a lot of companies need to learn

    Pros: clear pics, easy to use, zoom


    Great Camera

    Written by: Tenzin from Madison, WI on March 24, 2012

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    I am very with my Nikon L120. It fully meets my expectations.

    Pros: It's easy to use and takes good pictures

    Cons: None

    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: Ellie A from Kingman,Az. on March 24, 2012

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    User friendly camera. Excellent picture quality. Would recommend to friend.




    Written by: Steven from Elkhatt, IN on March 17, 2012

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    Very nice camera, easy to use, does a great job

    Pros: Easy to learn were everything is.Takes good pictures

    Cons: none

    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: Rob2tall from Northwest Everett,WA on March 12, 2012

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    Without the viewfinder the camera is a tad bit hard to focus as you need to rely on the lcd display on its back.I much prefer a viewfinder. The stabilizer works fairly well though you ought to rely on a tripod for extended zoom shots.Image clarity is superb as well as image depth perception. All in all so far so good. No waterfall settings!!!! I am hoping that the fireworks setting will work-but if not you can simply set the ISO to 100 which slows the shutter-that ought to produce the same effect..

    Pros: very compact,light weight,great optics,good zoom

    Cons: eats batteries! No viewfinder.

    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: April M. from Jerseyville,Il. on March 2, 2012

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    Great camera. Easy to use and understand. Takes good pictures even when you don't know what you're doing,



    Love this camera

    Written by: Barbara M from St. Germain ,Wi on February 24, 2012

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    I love, love this camera. I bought it for its size and its zoom. Both are perfect..The first day I had it I came upon a bald eagle on the side of the road eating something ,I pulled over , he flew of in a tree ,and I got a great shot of him in the tree with my zoom from the car. Made some cards out of it. !!Size makes it easy to carry any were. On lake in Kayack, in the woods.Still have alot of experimenting to do but so far give it 5 stars.Takes very good quality photographs.

    Pros: size , great zoom, sharp , crisp color photos,easy to use.


    Nikon cool pix. L120

    Written by: Marcy from Long island,ny on January 28, 2012

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    Easy to use. Light weight, great pictures, very much worth the money



    Great camera

    Written by: dlb from York, PA on January 23, 2012

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    Great camera for a great price. Very pleased with the product.



    Ehh, good for a point and shoot

    Written by: Amelia from Charlotte, NC on August 19, 2011

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    This camera takes good outdoor pictures. Full sunlight pictures turn out great. I got some amazing pictures of my 3 year old at the park running and jumping. However, indoor pictures are another story. After playing around and adjusting settings for several days, I can not get inside/low-light pictures to come out nice. They are very blurry even with the flash. I even put the camera on a block thinking that I was shaking or moving it too much. Did not help. So I tried the sports mode. Those pictures were not good quality (very grainy), but they did however eliminate the blur. It is a nice point and shoot camera, but for $200 more I am just returning it and buying a beginners Nikon DSLR. For me, getting amazing, clean, crisp pictures of my little one while she is little is worth the extra $200.



    Great camera

    Written by: Bill from Mechanicsville VA. on August 16, 2011

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    The Nikon Coolpix L120 is a great camera. Battery life is great and it is so simple to use. I had a Coolpix L22 and I just had to try the L120, after the great rating consumers report gave it and I am glad I finally purchased one. I purchased this camera from Cruchfield and this is another choice I am glad I made. Their support, sales and shipping are just outstanding. Last about the camera it performs better than a lot more expensive slrs at about half the cost. Every thing works great so far. Thanks Nikon and Cruchfield a great team.



    Great camera

    Written by: CC from Canon City, CO on August 10, 2011

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    The camera does everything we need it to do and love the sports setting.



    ONE WORD....AWESOME!!!!!

    Written by: VERY PLEASED:) from WHITTIER, CA on July 24, 2011

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    gift for granddaughter

    Written by: grammy judy from dubuque iowa on June 28, 2011

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    I purchased this camera for my granddaughter. She wanted a new camera and several people had recommended this one. She did lots of research and decided this was the one she wanted. She will be taking it to Mexico and is very excited to see how it works. Since the camera wasn't for me i can't really rate it. But I can rate Crutchfield and I'll give them a five. Excellent service, quick delivery and fair price with free shipping.



    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: Sadie from S.F. CA on May 22, 2011

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    I upgraded from a Canon 3x zoom to the Nikon Coolpix L120 and love my new camera! I would recommend this camera as it is easy to operate and takes great photos! Good price point and service - Thank you Crutchfield!



    Awesome product!

    Written by: Chris from Houston, TX on May 11, 2011

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    This product is very awesome in (Red) Very nice picture taking, zoom is picture
    perfect! The product fuctions on it are all really cool and LOVE the cool pic
    HUGE screen. Great product all around! Thanks for the fast and secured
    shipping. My wife loved it as her birthday present.



    Very Nice Camera

    Written by: Happy Mom from Virginia on May 9, 2011

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    I was looking for a nice camera for a long time. This particular camera had to
    have a lengthy zoom with a variety of features, including affordability. Well,
    thanks to Crutchfield, I received it all along with tech support and a beautiful I was up late one evening searching the web for a perfect camera
    to take pictures from the football field to an indoor culinary competition.
    Crutchfield had the best price and they offered FREE ONE DAY shipping. I
    called the number listed on the site and had an extended conversation with a
    knowledgeable and friendly tech. He answered all of my questions and shared
    in the laughter when I revealed to him that I was taking pictures of, at the time I
    thought the young person was my daughter, but in reality she was another
    team member. The zoom on my old camera was not sufficient.

    I enjoy taking pictures with my new Nikon Coolpix L120, and I know who is in
    the photographs. "Thank you Crutchfield."



    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: RT from Maryland on April 29, 2011

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    Being our first digital camera, we are pleased with the choice. It's simple to operate
    even for a novice like myself. In researching cameras, the deciding factor was that
    it uses four regular AA batteries. I did not want another charger and spare battery.



    Nikon Coolpix L120

    Written by: RussB from Greenwood Lake, NY on April 8, 2011

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    This camera is very nicely designed and fairly easily (common to other digital
    cameras). I have already used this camera to take landscapes, and closeups
    that have been very clear and sharp. I have not yet tried the movie/video feature
    yet and may not use the camera much in that way. I purchased a 16GB
    memory card so I have plenty of picture storage.

    My only negative is that the manuals supplied leave a lot to be desired. I like
    easy step by step definition on how things work but found the camera manual
    only had about 10 pages of basics. The downloading software ViewNX2 which
    I had to go to Nikon to get the latest (manual was another 10 pages) gave the
    most up to date verson but the camera and the software manual seemed to
    not fully match. All this makes it very difficult to learn the camera and not a fun
    experience. I come from a computer technical teaching background and find
    manuals in general are many times always bad.



    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Digital camera (black)
    • 4 "AA" Energizer alkaline batteries
    • Lens cap
    • Lens cap string
    • Neck strap
    • 59" USB cable (with Type A USB connector on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end)
    • 48" A/V cable (with proprietary connector on one end and RCA stereo audio and composite video plugs on the other end
    • ViewNX2 CD-ROM
    • User's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide (Eng / Span / Fren / Port)
    • Nikon Digital Imaging Limited Warranty sheet
    • sheet
    • Online registration sheet
    • Brochure for Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries
    • For Your Safety sheet

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 3"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 25-525 mm
    Optical Zoom 21x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output Mini
    Internal Memory 102 MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Effective Megapixel Count 14.1
    Total Megapixels 14.48
    Image Stabilization Sensor Shift
    Highest Resolution 4320 x 3240
    HD Video Recording 1280 x 720
    Width (inches) 4-3/8
    Height (inches) 3-1/16
    Depth (inches) 3-1/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 15.3
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

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    Play, Edit and Print Functions
    Battery Information
    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software

    Recording Features

    LCD Monitor: The Nikon Coolpix L120 has a 3" TFT LCD monitor featuring approximately 921,000 dots, an anti-reflective coating and a five-level brightness adjustment. The LCD monitor's wide-angle viewing area makes it easy to see and use. The LCD monitor has approximately 97% horizontal and vertical coverage in the shooting mode and approximately 100% horizontal and vertical coverage in playback mode. There is no separate viewfinder on the camera.

    Image Sensor: The Coolpix L120 features a 1/2.3" CCD image sensor with a total pixel count of approximately 14.48-million pixels. The effective pixel count is 14.1-million.

    Optics: The Coolpix L120 digital camera uses a Zoom-Nikkor glass lens for superb image quality. Every aspect of the lens manufacturing process is controlled by Nikon. The Zoom-Nikkor lens is designed for the specific camera and CCD combination. The Coolpix L120 uses a 21x optical zoom, that is equivalent to a 25-525mm lens in 35mm photography. Coupled with the 4x digital zoom, the camera's total zoom capability is 84x.

    VR (Vibration Reduction) Stabilization: The Coolpix L120's Vibration Reduction (VR) Stabilization System effective corrects blur that commonly occurs when shooting at slow shutter speeds or when zoomed in. For still images, the camera uses image sensor shift to reduce the effects of camera shake, in combination with electronic vibration reduction during image processing. When shooting movies, the effects of camera shake is reduced by using Electronic Vibration Reduction.

    Built-in Memory: The camera has a built-in 102 MB internal memory for storing still images and movies with sound. Images will be saved to the internal memory when no memory card is inserted.

    Recording Media: In addition to the built-in memory, images can be recorded onto SD, SDHC, or SDXC Memory cards. When an SD Memory card is inserted in the camera, the images are automatically recorded onto the card.The camera can support SD cards up to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards of 48 GB or 64 GB.

    Image Size: The Coolpix L120 records still images in JPEG format, and high definition movies in MOV video format (Video: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC stereo). You have a choice of nine still image size options and three movie options:

    Image Size/
    Image Quality
    (Compression Ratio)
    Number of Storable Images (approx.)
    Internal Memory
    102 MB
    SDHC Memory Card
    4 GB
    4320 x 3240
    High (1:4) 15 550
    Normal (1:8) 30 1100
    3264 x 2448
    Normal (1:8) 52 1910
    2592 x 1944
    Normal (1:8) 81 2940
    2048 x 1536
    Normal (1:8) 126 4640
    1024 x 768
    Normal (1:8) 411 15000
    640 x 480
    Normal (1:8) 731 24100
    16:9 10M
    4224 x 2376
    Normal (1:8) 41 1520
    16:9 2M
    1920 x 1080
    Normal (1:8) 182 6700
    Movie Option Movie Bitrate Internal Memory
    102 MB
    SDHC Memory Card
    4 GB
    HD 720p
    1280 x 720
    9 Mbps 1 min 32 sec 55 min
    iFrame 540
    960 x 540
    24 Mbps 34 sec 15 min
    640 x 480
    3 Mbps 4 min 22 sec 2 hrs 30 min

    Shooting Modes: You can choose one of the following shooting modes:

    • Easy Auto Mode: The camera automatically determines an appropriate shooting mode when you frame a picture, allowing you to easily take pictures with a shooting mode that suits the scene.
    • Auto Mode: In Auto Mode, you can apply the macro mode and exposure compensation when shooting pictures. You can choose a flash mode and activate the self-timer.
    • Scene Mode: You can manually or automatically select a scene mode with settings optimized for the shooting situation:
      • Portrait: Useful for photographs where you want the main subject to stand out clearly from the background.
      • Landscape: For vivid landscape shots that enhance outlines, colors, and contrast in such subjects as forests and skyscrapers.
      • Night Portrait: For shots that provide natural balance between the main subject and the background when shooting portraits under low lighting.
      • Party/Indoor: Shots include details of the background behind the main subject, or to capture the effects of candlelight and other indoor background lighting.
      • Snow: Captures the brightness of sunlit snow fields.
      • Beach: Vividly captures the brightness of subjects such as beaches or sunlit expanses of water.
      • Sunset: Preserves deep hues seen in sunsets and sunrises.
      • Dusk/Dawn: Preserves the colors seen in the weak natural light before sunrise and after sunset.
      • Night Landscape: A slow shutter speed is used to produce stunning night landscapes.
      • Close Up: Used to capture vivid colors in close-up shots of flowers, insects and other small objects, with the background artistically blurred.
      • Food: Used when shooting cuisines.
      • Museum: Use indoors where flash photography is prohibited or in other settings in which you do not want to use flash.
      • Fireworks Show: Slow shutter speeds are used to capture the expanding burst of light from a fireworks show.
      • Black and White Copy: Provides clear pictures of text or drawings on a white board, business card or in other printed matter.
      • Backlighting: Use when light is coming from behind your subject or when your subject is in the shade but the background is brightly lit.
      • Panorama Assist: Use to take a series of photographs that you will later join to form a single panoramic scene.
      • Pet Portrait: For taking pictures of dogs or cats. The camera detects the face of a dog or cat, and focuses on the detected face. When the subject is in focus, the shutter is released automatically (auto release).
    • Smart Portrait: Using face priority to recognize human faces, the shutter is automatically released when a smile is detected.
    • Sport Continuous: This mode allows rapid, continuous shooting while you press and hold the shutter-release button fully. The camera shoots up to 20 pictures at a rate of up to 15.3 frames per second. You can change the frame rate and image size within this mode.

    Movies: Using the dedicated Movie-record button, you can shoot high definition or standard definition movies at 30 frames per second. The maximum movie length for each movie is 29 minutes, and the maximum file size is 4 GB, regardless of the memory card capacity.

    Continuous Shooting: You can set the camera to take one picture at a time or multiple images by selecting one of the following options:

    • Single: The camera records one picture each time the shutter release button is pressed.
    • Continuous: While the shutter-release button is held down, up to 19 pictures are taken at a rate of about 0.7 frames per second (fps) when image mode is set to 14M (4320 x 3240).
    • Best Shot Selector: The BSS is recommended for situations in which inadvertent camera movement can produce blurred pictures, or when parts of the image are prone to under- or over-exposure. When BSS is on, the camera takes shots while the shutter-release button is pressed, to a maximum of ten. The images are compared and the sharpest picture is saved to the memory or memory card.
    • Multi-Shot 16: Each time the shutter release button is pressed, the camera takes 16 consecutive "thumbnail" images at a rate of about 22 frames per second, and arranges them into a single image, measuring 5M: 2560 x 1920 pixels.

    Self-timer: The camera is equipped with a 10 second timer for self-portraits.

    AF Area Mode: You can select between the following AF Area Modes to determine where the camera focuses:

    • Face Detection: When the camera recognizes a face (front view only), the camera will focus on the face automatically. The camera can recognize up to 12 faces depending on shooting and exposure mode.
    • Center: The camera focuses on the subject in the center of the frame.

    Color Options: You can shoot still images with several color options: Standard color, Vivid color, Black-and-white, Sepia, and Cyanotype.

    Macro Mode: Macro mode is used for taking pictures of objects as close as 0.4". The flash may be unable to light entire subject at distances of less than 1 feet 8 inches.

    Focus Lock: The Focus Lock feature is used to focus on off-centered subjects in the frame while shooting in Center AF mode.

    AF-Assist Illuminator: If lighting is poor, the AF-assist illuminator may light to assist the focus operation when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. The illuminator has a range of about 19' at the maximum wide-angle position and 9' 10" at the maximum telephoto position. You can turn this function on or off.

    Blink Warning Function: The Blink Warning function is available when you are shooting in Easy Auto, Portrait, or Night Portrait mode. When the camera detects that one or more human subjects may have blinked, the blink warning screen is displayed. The subject is framed by a yellow border, allowing you to check the picture and decide whether or not to take another picture.

    Exposure Compensation: You can alter the exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker. You can adjust the exposure from -2.0 to +2.0 EV in 1/3 steps.

    ISO Settings: Sensitivity is the measure of how quickly the camera reacts to light. The higher the sensitivity, the less light needed to make an exposure. The camera features automatic ISO settings between ISO 80 to 800, or manual settings at 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400.

    White Balance: You can set the White Balance to Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Cloudy, or Flash. You can also choose Preset Manual and use a neutral-colored object as a reference to set the white balance under unusual lighting conditions.

    Built-in Flash: The Coolpix L120 has a built-in Speedlite flash with a range of 1'-8" to 19' (Wide angle) and 5' to 9'-10" (Telephoto). You can choose from the following flash modes:

    • Auto: Flash fires automatically when lighting is poor.
    • Auto with Red-eye Reduction: Pre-flash fires before main flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Flash Off: Flash will not fire, even when lighting is poor.
    • Fill Flash: Flash will fire whenever a picture is taken.
    • Slow Sync: Auto flash combined with slow shutter speeds.

    In-Camera Red-Eye Fix: If the camera detects red-eye after the pre-flash has fired, advanced red-eye reduction processing is used to further reduce red-eye, slightly increasing the time required before the next picture can be taken.

    Play, Edit and Print Functions

    Playback Menu: The following options are available in the playback mode:

    • D-Lighting: D-Lighting can be used to brighten dark or backlit subjects. While playing back an image, you can select the D-Lighting function, apply it, and save the corrected image without harming the properly exposed areas of the image.
    • Print Order: You can select images to print and the number of copies for each.
    • Slide Show: View pictures in the internal memory or on the memory card in an automatic slide show. If desired, you can loop the slideshow so it will continuously play. Maximum slide show duration is 30 minutes without operation.
    • Protect: You can select images that you want to protect from accidental deletion. Even protected images can be erased if the camera's internal memory or memory card are formatted.
    • Rotate Image: Recorded pictures can be rotated 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise on the unit's LCD screen.
    • Small Picture: You can create a small copy of a recorded image. The copy will be stored as a JPEG file with a compression ratio of 1:16. You can choose from the following sizes: 640 x 480 (suited to television playback), 320 x 240 (suited to display on web pages), or 160 x 120 (suitable for email attachments).
    • Cropping: Create a copy containing only the portion visible in the monitor.
    • Copy: You can internally copy images between the camera's internal memory and an inserted SD-card.

    Thumbnail Playback: During playback, you can view multiple thumbnail images (4, 9, or 16) at a time. While these "contact sheets" are displayed, you can use the multi-selector to highlight individual pictures. Highlighted pictures can be deleted, if desired.

    Calendar Display: This feature displays a calendar allowing you to select and view pictures taken on the same date.

    Playback Zoom: During playback, you can enlarge a still image up to 10x. Once the image is zoomed, you can use the multi-selector to scroll around to non-visible portions of the image. You can record a new picture of the cropped image by pressing the shutter button.

    Multi-Language Menu: You can choose from 26 different menu display languages including English, Spanish or French.

    Printing Pictures: You can print pictures stored in the internal memory or on the memory card by using the Print Set option in the playback menu. Using DPOF (Digital Print Order Form), you can designate which images to print, and how many copies to print. Pictures can be printed as followed:

    • Printer or Photo Lab: insert the memory card into a printer, or take the memory card to a digital photo lab (images stored in the internal memory need to be transferred to a memory card prior to printing).
    • PictBridge-compatible Printer: connect the camera to a PictBridge-compatible printer via USB cable
    • Transferring to Computer: transfer the images to a computer before printing them via USB

    Battery Information

    Power Requirements: The Coolpix L120 is powered by four "AA" batteries. You can use alkaline (supplied) or lithium non-rechargeable batteries, or Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeables. For best performance, you should use the camera's setup menu to indicate the type of batteries being used. The approximate battery life for each type of battery is as follows:

    Battery Type Still Images Movies
    330 shots 3 hrs 5 min
    Lithium 890 shots 7 hrs 45 min
    Ni-MH 520 shots 4 hrs 25 min

    Auto Off: When the camera is operated on battery power, the Auto Off mode will automatically turn off the monitor to reduce the drain on the batteries if no operations are performed for the length of time specified in the Auto Off menu. The time limit for the Auto Off mode can be set to 30 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minutes or 30 minutes.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    USB/Audio-Video Output: The Coolpix L120 features a single proprietary jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied AV or USB cable. This one output allows you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB using the supplied USB cable, or view your photos on a TV using the supplied AV cable. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible. The video output is NTSC or PAL compatible.

    HDMI Output: The camera has a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to a high-definition TV. An HDMI-to-mini-HDMI cable (not included) is required for connecting the camera to the HDTV. You can set the picture resolution to Auto, 480p, 720p, or 1080i.

    Supplied Software

    ViewNX 2 CD-ROM: The supplied CD-ROM contains ViewNX 2, Apple QuickTime (Windows only), and Panorama Maker 5. The Nikon Transfer 2 function of ViewNX 2 is used to copy (transfer) pictures from the camera to the computer. ViewNX 2 is used for viewing your images and movies on the computer, retouch and print photographs, and edit movies. Panorama Maker 5 is used for creating panorama images from the camera's recorded still images.

    System Requirements: The supplied software will work with Windows and Macintosh. You computer will need to meet the following system requirements:

      Windows Macintosh
    CPU Still Images/Motion JPEG movies: Intel Celeron, Pentium 4, or Intel Core series; 1.6 GHz or better
    Movies (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format): Pentium D 3 GHz or better for playback; Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or better for editing
    Still Images/Motion JPEG movies: PowerPC G4 (or better), G5, or Intel Core series, or Xeon series
    Movies (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format): PowerPC G5 Dual or Core Duo, 2 GHz or better for playback; Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz or better for editing
    Operating System Windows 7: Home Basic, Home Premium, Enterprise, Professional, Ultimate
    Windows Vista: Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (Service Pack 2)
    Windows XP: Home Edition, Professional (Service Pack 3)

    *Pre-installed versions
    *All installed programs run as 32bit applications in 64bit editions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista

    Mac OS X Version: 10.4.11, 10.5.8, or 10.6.5
    • Windows 7 / Windows Vista: 1 GB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
    • Windows XP: 512 MB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
    512 MB or more (2 GB or more recommended)
    Hard Disk Space 500 MB or more available on the startup disk (1 GB or more recommended 500 MB or more available on the startup disk (1 GB or more recommended
    Video Resolution Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or higher (1280 x 1024 pixels or higher recommended)
    Colors: 24-bit color (True Color) or more
    Resolution: 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) or higher (1280 x 1024 pixels or higher recommended)
    Colors: Millions or more

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    Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs

    Impressive zoom

    Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 1/11/2012 11:13:00 AM

    I admit it. I don't like to read manuals. So I just did like I always do with cameras: I took the Coolpix L120 out of the box, plopped in the batteries and started taking pictures.

    It was great. The menus are easy to navigate and they stay out of the way until needed.

    I was especially impressed by the zoom. In easy mode I focused in on a CD spine sitting on a table across the Lab (in less than ideal light) and snapped a picture. When I checked the image, I could read the words on the spine.

    I also liked the sports mode. In that mode, I pressed the shutter button and moved the camera around. As promised, 20 images were taken moments apart. And even though the camera was in motion and I was shooting in low light without a flash, every image was clean and in focus.

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